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The concept of Gettins’ Law was contrived over a happenstance business lunch. I introduced myself to a fellow attorney on a national American Bar Association listserv. We were both practicing attorneys, in the same area of law, and in the same city. We should meet.

 

Over lunch and a soda, we introduced ourselves. He promptly informed me, he was leaving private practice to take a job in-house with a local company. “Did I want to transition into private practice,” he inquired. My initial response was: “You should have asked before I ordered a soda, I would have ordered a beer.” Throughout my legal career, I had worked in-house for numerous national brands. Before that, I worked in the healthcare field. I had an educational background in psychology and law. I did not know anything about running a private law practice. I had never considered opening my own legal practice.

 

I took inventory of what I did know. I knew how business folks viewed law, how businesses operated from the inside, and I knew how to listen to business folks. Business folks, unlike me, don’t like legal. They don’t sit around and read legal cases, regulations, statutes. They don’t want to. I have to make it simple. Give them the need-to know information without the legal jargon, in their own vernacular.

 

I set out to develop a law practice that made sense to business. Develop a law practice that endeavors to scale down the volumes of legal red tape. The mission was to create a law practice that provides digestible, practical, and efficient legal services.

 

Initially, I did not stop to ask what other attorneys and what other firms were doing. An over site, maybe. Perhaps it was a lapse in logic. Inevitably, I began to notice. Gettins’ Law does not follow the norm. This gave me pause. I thought for a time. I came to a realization. No, we don’t want to be the norm.

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I am Mary Beth Gettins. 

I am a tenured attorney with a background in franchising and healthcare. Before entering the legal profession, I worked for more than 9 years in the health care industry. Upon being admitted to the practice of law, I worked as general counsel for national brands. As managing attorney of Gettins’ Law, I continues to bring her knowledge and experience to those in the health care industry and franchising.

 

I have crafted and update franchise disclosure documents [FDD] for start-up and nationally recognized franchisors.  I have reviewed and advised countless franchisees about the decision to become a franchisee.

 

Combines my more than 20 years of health care and legal experience, I provide health care privacy and security solutions for medical providers, health plans, and business associates. I developed HIPAA policies and procedures and conducted workforce trainings for small dental offices, home health agencies, direct care providers, national franchise systems, and 60+ work force member health plans.

 

I am an accomplished writer and speakers.  I am is a published author on topics of both health care and franchising. She has given presentations and talks on such topics as: HIPAA Health Care Privacy and Security in the HITECH Era, HIPAA Basics, HIPAA Training for Workforce members, Disaster Prevention for Your Business, Starting Your Own Franchise, and The Intellectual Intersection. I am also is a regular contributor on trade association websites and maintains her own blog.

 

I am a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Association Franchise Forum, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Ohio Bar Association, the Legacy Center and the Boomer Authority. She has been a guest contributor on the New Dentist, DentistIQ, ReferralMD, ABA Franchise TimesBoomer Authority, Blue Maumau, and the Franchwire.

 

 

Mary Beth with her first Great Dane, Roxanne

 

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